Democrat Senator: “Abolish ICE is too Easily Mocked as Open Borders & No Law Enforcement”

“We’ve got to abandon the politics of anxiety characterized by wild-eyed proposals.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Instead of having something that makes a Twitter hashtag and gets you on Rachel Maddow, we need to have something that fires people up and is a policy position we can actually defend,” warned Democrat Sen. Chris Coons of his party’s growing push to abolish the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which enforces the nation’s immigration laws.

“Abolish ICE is too easily mocked as open borders and no law enforcement,” Coons said.

“If we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority party dedicated to the resistance, to (become) a majority that is capable of governing, we have got to move from grievance to optimism,” Coons said recently, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“And we’ve got to abandon a politics of anxiety that is characterized by wild-eyed proposals, and instead deliver ideas and practical solutions,” said Coons, expressing worry that his party is alienating moderate voters by moving too far to the left.

“40% of voters self-identify as pragmatic or moderate. We cannot abandon them,” said Coons, referring to the abolish ICE effort as being counterproductive.

Coons’ caution comes as the far-left Democratic base is pressuring the party’s leaders to endorse a radical immigration agenda.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who upset incumbent Democratic New York Congressman Joe Crowley, said in a June interview with The Intercept that she envisions a deep scaling back of immigration enforcement.

Since then, Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has said Ocasio-Cortez “represents the future of the party.”

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Democrat Senator: “Abolish ICE is too Easily Mocked as Open Borders & No Law Enforcement”

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